Country: Benin

Number of People Groups

65

People Groups Unreached

13

Total Population

10,957,000

Unreached Population

1,947,000

% Professing Christian

31.7%

% Evangelical

7.2 %

Largest Religion

Official Language

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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Progress
Scale
Primary Language Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
Indigenous
Aguna, Awuna 7,300 7,300 Aguna E Ethnic Religions 35.0 % 8.0 %
Aja 495,000 690,000 Aja E Ethnic Religions 30.0 % 11.0 %
Anii 42,000 58,000 Anii Islam 2.0 % 1.0 %
 Anufo, Chokossi 22,000 187,000 Anufo Islam 10.0 % 5.0 %
 Bariba, Baatoumbu 963,000 1,184,000 Baatonum Islam 16.4 % 13.0 %
 Biali, Bialaba 161,000 164,000 Biali E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 1.0 %
Boko, Bokonya 114,000 170,000 Boko E Ethnic Religions 15.0 % 2.0 %
Burusa, Bulba 2,400 2,400 Notre E Ethnic Religions 33.0 % 25.0 %
Cabe 114,000 114,000 Ede Cabe E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 1.0 %
 Coloured 2,200 5,935,000 French Christianity 70.0 % 20.0 %
Deaf Unknown 0 American Sign Language E Ethnic Religions 39.9 % 8.3 %
 Dendi, Dandawa 62,000 171,000 Dendi Islam 0.1 % 0.0 %
Ede Nago 325,000 325,000 Nago, Southern Christianity 66.0 % 5.5 %
Ede Nago, Kura 40,000 40,000 Ede Nago, Kura Islam 10.0 % 1.5 %
 Ewe 143,000 5,340,000 Ewe Christianity 72.7 % 3.0 %
 Fon 2,089,000 2,202,000 Fon Christianity 65.0 % 15.5 %
 Foodo 40,000 41,000 Foodo Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 French 30,000 41,867,000 French Christianity 70.0 % 0.5 %
 Fulani, Gorgal 38,000 45,000 Fulfulde, Western Niger Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Fulfulde, Fulani 452,000 550,000 Fulfulde, Borgu Islam 1.4 % 0.8 %
 Ga-Adangme-Krobo 11,000 840,000 Ga Christianity 70.0 % 15.0 %
Gangam 32,000 92,000 Ngangam E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 1.0 %
 Gbe, Ayizo 323,000 323,000 Gbe, Ayizo Christianity 49.0 % 7.0 %
 Gbe, Ci 41,000 41,000 Gbe, Ci Christianity 70.0 % 8.0 %
Gbe, Defi 22,000 22,000 Gbe, Defi Christianity 66.6 % 4.0 %
Gbe, Eastern Xwla 131,000 131,000 Gbe, Eastern Xwla E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 3.0 %
Gbe, Gbesi 106,000 106,000 Gbe, Gbesi E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 1.0 %
Gbe, Kotafon 156,000 156,000 Gbe, Kotafon E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 3.0 %
 Gbe, Maxi 168,000 213,000 Gbe, Maxi E Ethnic Religions 34.0 % 4.0 %
 Gbe, Saxwe 252,000 252,000 Gbe, Saxwe Christianity 72.0 % 16.0 %
Gbe, Seto 36,000 36,000 Gun E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 0.5 %
 Gbe, Swla-Gbe, Western Xwla 73,000 73,000 Gbe, Western Xwla E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 3.0 %
Gbe, Tofin 94,000 94,000 Gbe, Tofin E Ethnic Religions 27.0 % 7.0 %
Gbe, Toli 10,000 10,000 Gun E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 2.0 %
 Gbe, Weme 269,000 269,000 Gbe, Weme E Ethnic Religions 19.0 % 5.0 %
Gbe, Xwela, Phera 105,000 105,000 Gbe, Xwela E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 2.0 %
Gen, Mina 182,000 606,000 Gen Christianity 70.0 % 7.0 %
Gourma 54,000 1,345,000 Gourmanchema E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 1.0 %
Gun, Gu 406,000 830,000 Gun Christianity 66.6 % 8.0 %
 Hausa 1,137,000 39,764,000 Hausa Islam 0.1 % 0.0 %
Ica 103,000 103,000 Ede Ica E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 0.3 %
 Idaca 168,000 168,000 Ede Idaca E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 0.7 %
Ife 81,000 247,000 Ife E Ethnic Religions 34.0 % 15.0 %
Ije, Holi 52,000 52,000 Ede Ije E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 1.0 %
 Kabiye 17,000 1,116,000 Kabiye E Ethnic Religions 18.0 % 3.0 %
Kambole, Manigri Nago 50,000 102,000 Nago, Northern Islam 10.0 % 1.0 %
 Kotokoli, Tem 21,000 511,000 Tem Islam 9.0 % 0.8 %
Lama 85,000 329,000 Lama E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 5.0 %
Lukpa 118,000 137,000 Lukpa E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 3.0 %
 Mandingo, Mandinka 11,000 1,945,000 Mandinka Islam 1.0 % 0.3 %
 Mbelime, Niendi 71,000 71,000 Mbelime E Ethnic Religions 15.0 % 5.0 %
Mokole, Monkole 129,000 129,000 Mokole E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 0.8 %
 Mossi, Moore 36,000 10,029,000 Moore Islam 35.0 % 9.0 %
 Natemba, Nateni 60,000 60,000 Nateni E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 4.0 %
Pila, Kpila 426,000 426,000 Yom E Ethnic Religions 15.0 % 3.0 %
Piyobe 11,000 14,000 Miyobe E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 0.6 %
 Songhai-Koyraboro 8,300 1,880,000 Songhay, Koyraboro Senni Islam 0.8 % 0.2 %
 Tamberma 171,000 212,000 Ditammari E Ethnic Religions 14.0 % 4.0 %
Tchumbuli 4,400 4,400 Tchumbuli Christianity 50.0 % 5.0 %
 Tyenga 2,200 10,000 Kyanga E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.1 %
 Waama, Yoabou 106,000 106,000 Waama E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 2.0 %
 Watchi 64,000 824,000 Gbe, Waci E Ethnic Religions 2.0 % 1.5 %
 Yoruba 201,000 33,163,000 Yoruba Islam 45.3 % 13.0 %
Yoruba, Idassa 168,000 168,000 Yoruba Christianity 43.7 % 6.0 %
 Zerma, Dyerma 45,000 3,615,000 Zarma Islam 2.0 % 0.8 %
  Totals:  65 10,957,000 13       31.7 % 7.2 %  
  Unclassified / Other Individuals: 53,000  
  UN Country Population (2015) 11,010,000  

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 7.2 %)
31.7 %
Ethnic Religions
37.2 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
30.5 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
0.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
18.9 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
3.1 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
62.4 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the People Group who lives in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by People Group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Benin. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Benin
  • Christian ministry in Benin
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Benin or West and Central Africa. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.
In West and Central Africa Size
ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) Large
Action International Ministries Medium
Advancing Renewal Ministries, Inc. Medium
Anglican Frontier Missions Small
Assemblies of God World Missions Large
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, World Missions Medium
Awana Clubs, International Medium
Baptist Bible Fellowship, International Medium
Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) Medium
Baptist Mid-Missions Medium
BCM International Medium
Bible League Medium
Campus Crusade for Christ, International Large
Child Evangelism Fellowship Medium
Church of God of Prophecy Medium
Church of the Nazarene World Mission Department Medium
Church World Service Medium
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Medium
EFCA International Mission Medium
EQUIP Foundation Small
Evangelical Covenant Church Medium
Every Home for Christ Medium
Final Frontiers Foundation Large
Free Methodist World Missions Medium
Friends in Action, International Small
Galcom International Small
Global Partners / Wesleyan World Missions Medium
Globe International Medium
GO International Small
Go Ye Fellowship Medium
Good News Productions Medium
Heart of God Ministries Medium
Hope for the Hungry Medium
InterComm Small
Josue Yrion World Evangelism and Missions Small
Mailbox Club International Small
Middle East Media Medium
Open Bible Churches Small
Pentecostal Church of God World Missions Small
Scripture Union Medium
Seventh-day Adventists General Conference Medium
Silent Word Ministries Small
Southern Baptist Convention - International Mission Board Large
Talking Bibles International Small
Team Expansion Medium
Tentmakers International Small
United Methodist Church Medium
United Pentecostal Church Foreign Missions Medium
United World Mission Medium
Worldwide Tentmakers, Incorporated Small
Young Life Medium
Youth with a Mission Large


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